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Dr Christine Connors is a general practitioner and public health physician who has worked in the Northern Territory (NT) for 25 years, providing clinical and public health services to remote Aboriginal communities. Christine moved from Melbourne in 1987 to work at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress for a short period, and then on to Darwin, to work with the NT Department of Health and Community Services, mainly visiting communities in Arnhem Land and Tiwi Islands.
Christine was involved in developing the NT Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy and is the Program Director, NT Preventable Chronic Disease Program for the Department of Health and Community Services and has been leading its implementation in the N. This has mainly involved shifting the focus of remote clinic staff from acute reactive care to planned pro active care, to reduce the morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases.
She has been involved in public health research with Menzies School of Health Research since 1994 and also the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. Christine was a member of the Primary Health Reform group, working to the NT Aboriginal Health Forum, which led the significant expansion and reform of all Aboriginal primary health care services in the Northern Territory. She is currently a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council.
Christine's particular interests include continuous quality improvement and key performance indicators; development of clinical guidelines; and improved models of care and care coordination, with particular focus on chronic kidney disease and diabetes in pregnancy. She is also actively involved in promoting tobacco control initiatives, and promoting discussion and actions to improve social determinants for Aboriginal people. She is actively engaged in continuous quality improvement research with Menzies School of Health Research and the Lowitja Institute, improving delivery of primary health care services in Indigenous primary health care. She has been involved in a number of national committees, including the Australian Government's Preventative Health Taskforce.